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sammy sosa magnateAs we all know, this past week marked the 100th birthday for the greatest place on Earth.

Wrigley Field really is an amazing place. Sure it’s one of the oldest ballparks and has an aura unlike any other. But there’s so much more. People have fallen in love there. People have seen their first ball game ever there. People have had their first opportunity to pee in a trough there…

I attended the 100th anniversary festivities Wednesday and, for the most part, everything was extremely well done. From the free jerseys, to the cupcakes, to the pre-game celebrations in honoring former greats … the Cubs put on a good celebration. But something, or rather someone, was missing: Sammy Sosa.

Was his invitation lost? Or perhaps he had a wedding to attend? Or maybe even another ballpark birthday? No. He was, in fact, not invited.

Sammy’s absence was well documented in the media leading up to the celebration. However, most opinion pieces labeled his absence as a “snub.” But is this really the correct word? A “snub” would mean that Sammy should have been there in first place.

Really?

Sammy Sosa was a major part of this city for many years. There is no denying this. But there are three significant reasons why the Cubs were well within their right not to include him in Wrigley’s birthday.

1. Steroids: We all know the narrative when it comes to his involvement with steroids. He (allegedly) used them. He hit home runs. We cheered him. Then he got caught. And then he denied it. That’s on him. I’ve heard some say that we’re all a little bit at fault for enabling him and everyone else in that era.

That’s not true.

As fans, we don’t share in that blame. We were duped. Was it entertaining? Hell yes. But we were duped all the same. Sure, he helped revive baseball with his participation in the home run race. He did a lot to help Chicago baseball as well. But he cheated, and then he denied it and has expected us to accept it. Baseball still hasn’t healed over this. And last week was not the time to begin to make amends.

2. He left: I grew up idolizing Sosa. He essentially was the Cubs during his tenure here in Chicago. And then just like that … he wasn’t. In 2004 Sosa walked out on his teammates and his fans. He did this quite literally as he exited Wrigley in the last game of the year before the first pitch was even thrown. We never saw him again. Poof. He was gone. I do not forget this. And I have yet to forgive this.

3. Not the time nor the place: The week was about Wrigley and moments everyone has shared and watched together there. Sosa had his share of highlights during his time at the Friendly Confines. But, because of reasons 1 and 2, there is a bad taste left in all our mouths. Had Sammy been invited and then shown up, the celebration would cease to be about Wrigley. It would instead be a media firestorm about Sosa and the Cubs. The 100th birthday of Wrigley should supercede any one man. It simply wasn’t the time or place for a reconciliation to occur.

I do hope that one day the Cubs and Sammy can come together. I’d love to see his face around Wrigley. But right now, it’s Sammy vs Everyone. He still hasn’t apologized and the Cubs are in no hurry to bring him back. Sammy has to realize the hurt and disappointment he has caused his fans. I want so much to be able to cheer him and like him again. But his behavior since leaving the Cubs makes it difficult.

We’ll get there some day I hope. Just not last week.

  • baldtaxguy

    The media and Sammy made it a convenient opportunity with the 100-yr Wrigley celebration to ask “why not” re: reconciliation. But I agree, it was not the appropriate time. Maybe some time was more appropriate during the last ten years, or beginning now during the next ten years, but not that day.

  • Cheese Chad

    Bullet 3 is 100% correct. Spot on, Myles. Much better to have it talked about a little after the event then during the entire event. He would have had boos and a few cheers and it would have been a distraction.

  • http://becomehealthier.com drcub1908

    “WE” were not duped? None of us were. It was cool, chicks love the long ball. I bought this awesome litograph of Sosa and McQuire, the 2 guys that brought baseball back, supposedly. It was an exciting time.

    To say that we were not aware is silly. Let’s be honest, WE DONT CARE AS FANS.

    If I could use an injection to make me hit a ball, then sign me up. Please. Sammy walked out on the team on the LAST game of the season ( if I am remembering correctly ) and he was NOT coming back. Kinda like your boss saying that your contract is not being re-newed? are you really staying until 5 that day..

    Sammy was one of the greatest Cubs and was a fun and exciting player. We will welcome him back soon enough.

    Find me a Cub fan that did not like his 60+ home runs for 3 plus years..We all did..If you say you didn’t you’re lying just as he did about using steroids.

    • EQ76

      Agreed.

    • Funn Dave

      Speak for yourself, please.

    • dejesus-to-trillo-to-buckner

      So much this.

      Everyone getting the vapors over being “duped” by steroid users are kidding themselves.

  • Diehardthefirst

    My vote is Sammy comes back only if Bud apologizes for knowingly allowing PED use to boost attendance

  • fossilhippie

    We beat this dead horse a couple of times last week. As a fan, I did care that a member of the team was cheating and lying about it. Sosa also lied about the corked bat as well. I had a very strong feeling that he was using PEDs, but I was hoping I was wrong, because he tainted a lot of wins that year. I felt cheated because of this as did an awful lot of fans.

  • Jon

    You know what is says in the Bible about not forgiving people….

  • CubFan Paul

    “Then he got caught”

    When?

    • Brocktoon

      Minor detail, Myles’s feelings were hurt. That’s what’s important.

    • Myles P
      • Brocktoon

        MLB said 5 to 7 percent of the tests were failed. How do you wind up with a range of failed tests rather than a set number?

        “There’s a slight disagreement to where in that spectrum the exact number falls,” said Gene Orza, the No. 2 official of the players’ association. “It’s a technical disagreement to the interpretation of the results.”

        Because this was an anonymous survey test, there was no recourse for a failed test. They existed solely to see if further drug testing would go into effect. There was no appeals process, no dispute for false positives, no determination of what it was the individual tested positive for.

        And this doesn’t go into the fact that they were leaked results from a lawyer 6 years after testing was conducted.

        • Myles P

          Judging from the number of times you’ve commented on this post, obviously nothing I or anyone else says will convince you of anything. We have differing opinions on this. I’ll leave it at at that.

          • Brocktoon

            This is 3 consecutive threads now where people have implied I’m unhinged for posting when I disagree with what people are saying.

            • TWC

              Some people might take that as a hint.

              • Brocktoon

                To stop posting when you disagree with somebody?

                • TWC

                  Not necessarily.

                  But your ability to read Myles’ comment and reach a conclusion that he implied you’re “unhinged” does make me wonder.

                • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

                  No to understand that you are not right just because you will it so

                  • Brocktoon

                    This isn’t a black and white issue, no matter how Myles attempted to frame it.

                    • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

                      But you are being very adamant that your guesses are the correct ones… you see that right?

                    • Brocktoon

                      I apologize if I’m coming off like that. I’ve been attempting to refute circumstantial evidence and falsehoods (the congressional hearing is a raging pet peeve of mine) but have said all along it’s more likely than not that Sosa was on something.

                • CubsFaninMS

                  No dude, we all disagree on things. There’s nothing wrong with that. It just seems that you’ve taken the Sammy Sosa issue and just ran it into the ground. We all have issues that we have strong opinions about but, at some point, it’s healthy to realize people’s opinions will differ and that will not change. And that difference of opinion is not always attributed to something negative or nefarious. In the end, hopefully we all respect each other’s opinions when the opinion is based on logical rationale.

            • Myles P

              Never called you unhinged. Just that we disagree.

      • CubFan Paul

        “Under guidelines agreed upon with the players union, the test results were to remain anonymous but would lead to testing with penalties the next year if more than 5 percent of the results were positive”

        That is not the same things as “got caught”

  • jp3

    I don’t know that anyone was really duped, we all pretended like we didn’t know but he morphed from a slender rookie in Chicago to a hulking HR hero. We all wanted something to cheer about, let’s not act like if Junior Lake had put on 30 lbs. in the offseason and had about 15 HRs right now we wouldn’t all be tickled pink about it.

    • ssckelley

      You are right, I would be thrilled if Junior Lake had 15 homers right now.

      The thing is I don’t really care if Sammy did drugs or not, it is the denial that gets me. Fans are quick to forgive and forget if you just come right out and admit what happened and then everyone goes on about our lives, including the walking out thing.

      • Coach K

        Look no further than Andy Pettitte. He got caught, owned up, and now when people talk about steroid users he’s rarely mentioned.

        • Brocktoon

          And David Ortiz was on the same report as Sosa, denied any guilt, and he’s rarely mentioned, and he’s actually active.

          • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

            Yes and people know it BUT Big Papi has done everything to become an immortal figure in Boston by winning a couple rings and being a good guy in the public eye. Sammy did things on top of the report to piss people off. Can’t compare the two.

  • GoCubs

    Not inviting Sosa for the 100th was petty and against the teachings of Jesus.

    • jp3

      An f’s with the Jesus

    • ClevelandCubsFan

      I’m going to assume you’re trolling. In the off chance you’re not trolling, I’ll just throw out there that judging any members of the Cubs organization based on a whole lot of information you don’t know probably lines up with Jesus’ teaching on hypocritical judgment.

      • jp3

        I’m not being hypocritical, I’m saying that I’m sure we’d probably not ask too many questions if Castro, Lake, or Sweeney was all of sudden jacking balls out at a league leading rate making us even a .500 ball club. You don’t think so?

      • GoCubs

        There is nothing hypocritical about forgiving. Is there?

    • fossilhippie

      This isn’t the 400 Club. Goes against my religion.

  • Brocktoon

    The idea that Sosa is the one who has to apologize to the fans is so comical I can’t come up with a proper analogy for it.

    • ssckelley

      But the thing is if he did then this circus would be over. I have apologized for stuff I did not do just to keep peace (mainly with my wife). Life is too short to be mad or upset about stuff, apologize and get on with life. If Sammy was to do this he would probably end up being more adored by fans than ever before.

      • Brocktoon

        It’s just odd that everyone demands Sosa be the one to come forward rather than the billion dollar organization he starred for for 13 seasons. Sosa hasn’t been the one asking anything of the Cubs, the Cubs are the ones carrying on the circus.

        • ssckelley

          I disagree, if the Cubs just accepted him right now there would be a public outcry against it along. It would generate an even bigger circus. I think if Sammy made amends with the fans and former players the Cubs could accept him back and we could all put this behind us.

        • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

          Again we have no idea what either team is asking for behind close doors. Yes Sosa talks like he’s not asking for anything but to assume that is ignorant. Sosa has an ego (as do all major athletes) and the Cubs might want more than just an apology. What they ask for in private and say in public do not and rarely do meant he same thing. So I’m not sure how you can say this so confidently when we do not know.

          • Funn Dave

            What are you talking about? What would either side be asking for?

            • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

              Dave there are so many things they could both be asking for:

              Sammy- retire his number, but a statue up, publicly support him for the HOF etc
              Cubs- publicly admitting to steroid use, public apology, commitment to working/recruiting for the Cubs in the DR etc

              Both sides have things they could want, both could have egos, or both won’t compromise. My greater point is it’s likely both sides aren’t ready to make this happen or compromise to make this happen.

    • Orval Overall

      It’s farcical. Especially since the team has never even said why IT has a grievance in the first place. Sammy wore out his welcome with a large segment of the fans, and I get that. But we’re supposed to think he needs to make amends with the team – over what? There have been two new ownership groups since 2004; a completely new front office team; four new managers; and an entirely overhauled roster. Heck, even the TV and radio teams have mostly turned over since those days. So who is supposedly holding this grievance that Sammy needs to apologize for? Are Tom and Todd just so offended at how he left the team 7 years before they bought it?

      Or are we supposed to believe they’re just offended about the steroid issue and want him to come clean first? Because if it’s that, then they ought to say so and take a public stand that the achievements in 1998 and 2003 were tainted; take down the flags for those years; etc. But they don’t do that, so it’s just some amorphous grudge they’re holding.

      The whole thing’s a farce.

      • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

        Precisely

  • ced landrum

    I was not duped. I knew damn well he and many of the others in baseball were juicing. I didn’t care to be honest. I was in High School and College during Sammy’s height of success. I wasn’t an adult but I could see clearly that he had become a huge man. Same with McGwire.

    In all honesty I could care less that he was roiding. So were most of the players he was playing against. I laugh when people say that Frank Thomas wasn’t using. Really he was a big man when he came up, but even he became a huge man very quickly. As far as I’m concerned they all were unless proven otherwise and I DON’T Care. Baseball was dying.

    • ssckelley

      But Frank Thomas was huge even in high school. He was not a guy who showed up one spring training huge and started to hit for power. I don’t think it is fair to accuse every big man that played baseball because they played during an era of steroids. I am not a Sox fan at all but without drugs Frank Thomas would have probably been considered the best hitter of that era.

      • Norm

        Maybe he started in High School.

        • Brocktoon

          I had friends in high school who barely even played on the gas for football.

      • jp3

        Yeah not that it’s impossible that he used steroids but he was a big TE prospect that got a scholly to Auburn. He’s been huge a long time

        • ced landrum

          Football players never use steroids?

          • ced landrum

            Here he is as a rookie. [img]https://www.google.com/search?q=frank+thomas&es_sm=91&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=amFeU-H-INi0yASm8oGYCw&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAQ&biw=1191&bih=666#q=frank+thomas+rookie&tbm=isch&facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=ShttD4OPczrWoM%253A%3BWISWupz6M1tgnM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.homeruncards.com%252Fimagesrc%252Fthomasleaf.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.homeruncards.com%252Frookiecards%252Ffrank-thomas-rookie-card.shtml%3B251%3B346[/img]

            • ced landrum

              Later. [img]https://www.google.com/search?q=frank+thomas&es_sm=91&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=amFeU-H-INi0yASm8oGYCw&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAQ&biw=1191&bih=666#q=frank%20thomas&tbm=isch&facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=ToWuyFUhrC8YQM%253A%3BevahElb18vx-7M%3Bhttps%253A%252F%252F31.media.tumblr.com%252F19e1d29cefcfecf2a207ee20142fd2f2%252Ftumblr_inline_mzm6s9zzvI1qa12tx.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Foldtimefamilybaseball.com%252Fpost%252F73752541924%252Fsmiling-frank-thomas-happy-white-sox%3B326%3B400[/img]

              • ced landrum

                Meh not sure the pics worked. Anyway just google old Frank. it is something.

            • ssckelley

              [img]http://thumbs1.ebaystatic.com/d/l225/m/mSmFPOkbP1oBw-BpLBnbMOQ.jpg[/img]

              Frank was a big guy even back then.

              • Brocktoon

                Here are the pictures ced was attempting to post:

                [img]http://www.homeruncards.com/imagesrc/thomasleaf.jpg[/img]

                [img]https://31.media.tumblr.com/19e1d29cefcfecf2a207ee20142fd2f2/tumblr_inline_mzm6s9zzvI1qa12tx.jpg[/img]

          • Brocktoon

            I refuse to believe any sort of “cheating” was going on in the SEC.

            • ssckelley

              No doubt he got paid.

            • jp3

              Yeah so he was drafted and made his debut the following year at 22 years old, he had plenty of time to put on solid weight on a major league strength program after being a 1st round pick. He’s a big dude naturally but I’m not gullible enough to think there is no chance he ever used. An excerpt from wiki: “Thomas was, then, the only active baseball player to be interviewed during the preparation of the Mitchell Report. He did so voluntarily.” He was an advocate for better drug testing too, he was pissed about Bonds and whatnot.

      • Brocktoon

        Sosa didn’t “show up one spring training and start hitting for power” He was on a 52 HR pace in ’96 when he broke his hand.

        • ssckelley

          [img]http://meanderingwpurpose.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/3-sammy-sosa.jpg[/img]

          • Edwin

            What age is he in those two photos?

            • Brocktoon

              20 in the first picture, 3 years in this country after being deemed malnourished
              36 in the second.

              • ssckelley

                I don’t understand why you defend Sosa to the extent that you do. I would love for Sosa to be innocent in all of this, I was a huge Slammin Sammy fan and now have a bunch of memorabilia and Sosa rookie cards that are all pretty much worthless.

                • Brocktoon

                  Because I have this thing about facts being required to badmouth and go so far as to demand apologies of one of the greatest Cubs of all time.

                  When stuff like look how many HRs he hit, and how come he wasn’t 150 pounds his entire career are thrown out there, it’s damn annoying.

                  • ssckelley

                    But Sammy did test positive for steroid use back in 2003, baseball never acted on it because they did not have rules against the substance back then. The evidence is in front of you from pictures, statistics, to newspaper articles and yet you defend him like your life depends on it.

                    • Brocktoon

                      See my post upthread.

                    • Brocktoon

                      And if that’s your smoking gun, fine, that’s at least understandable. Why the nonsense with the pictures and HRs then?

                    • ssckelley

                      Because I was defending Frank Thomas and you brought up Sammy.

                    • Brocktoon

                      But as I posted with ced’s pictures, Thomas has the same ludicrous “look at how much muscle he added” evidence. He showed the same vast increase in HR rate that Sosa did, but since Thomas is the shrillest steroid harpy since Palmiero, he gets a pass.

                      As I said in a previous thread, gun to my head I would bet on anyone, literally anyone(except maybe Rick Helling) being on some PED, but certain guys are singled out, and others are given bizarre passes. (Hey Big Papi!)

                      And don’t even get me started on the troglodyte NFL fans/media.

                    • ssckelley

                      Those Thomas pictures prove nothing as he was big in both of them. His guns might have gotten bigger but they were still big when he was first drafted. Thomas’s legs were huge!

                    • Brocktoon

                      Well pictures are never going to prove anything, I think they’re silly in general. Just going tit for tat.

                      That said Thomas’s upper body really isn’t much bigger in his before picture than Sosa’s was. And obviously Thomas’s upper body is bigger than Sosa’s in the after.

          • Brocktoon

            Those are excellent examples proving your point of him showing up and hitting HRs all of a sudden.

            Wait is your argument that he showed up huge in Spring Training for the Orioles and started hitting for power? That’s a new one.

            • ssckelley

              No, that was just the best picture on google showing him side by side. Sosa looked like the Oriole picture pretty much throughout his Cub career. He had developed pretty big arms and chest by the time the Cubs acquired him.

          • Brocktoon

            In their Age 21 seasons:

            Frank Thomas split time between rookie ball and class A ball. He hit 1 HR every 57.8 ABs

            Sammy Sosa spent the entire season in the majors. He hit 1 HR every 35.5 ABs.

            • ssckelley

              Jeez, why are you doing this?

              In 804 PA’s Thomas had a .506 slugging percentage in the minors, Sammy had .402 in 1907. The most home runs Sammy hit in the minors was 11 and that was in a full season in A ball.

              • Brocktoon

                Why would you compare a malnourished 17 year old’s numbers to an SEC trained 21 year old?

                • ssckelley

                  Does it really take 6 years to fully recover from undernourishment? In the Sox picture above he does not look malnourished.

                  Keep the denial argument going. Heck if you can hit 11 homers in the minors you should easily be able to hit 66 in the majors.

                  • CubsFaninMS

                    Trust me, Brocktoon prefers mud wrestling with anyone who has even a slightly negative view of Sosa, whether your view appears to be objective or not. He’ll throw a big fat race-baiting mud pie at you if you go too far with it, too. Look out!

                    • ssckelley

                      Trust me, I would love for Brocktoon to be right as I was a huge Sosa fan and as I mentioned earlier collected a ton of Sosa stuff. If he just came out and accepted everything and apologized I would be the first one to jump on the other bandwagon. Sure he cheated, but along with a bunch of other people. Does it make it right, of course not, but the past is the past and I like to forgive and to forget.

                    • CubsFaninMS

                      ssckelley:

                      I’m the same way. I’m definitely a fan of Sosa because I’m a Cubs fan and he was so darn exciting to watch, but of course my impression of him will always be colored due to the alleged cheating (just as it is with McGwire, Bonds, Palmeiro, etc). Will always be thankful for the excitement he brought to our team.

                    • Brocktoon

                      Of course, I never threw race into the conversation, but ok.

                    • fossilhippie

                      I agree, he even makes fun of Ron Santo and Ryne Sandburg probably because they were more popular than Sammy. I just wish that Myles didn’t toss red meat to him today. He must’ve read last week’s posts about Sosa and wanted a bunch of commenters.

                      Can we please have a moratorium on articles about Sammy, pro and con?

                    • Brocktoon

                      Everytime I think I’m out…

                      I “made fun of Sandberg and Santo” in the sense that I pointed out the double standard(and I think it was Kyle who pointed out the Santo stuff, not me.) with regards to fans whining.

                      And Sandberg and Santo were never in the same stratosphere of popularity that Sosa had at his peak.

  • 1060Ivy

    I don’t know if Sammy would have attended if the news of the day would be regarding Sammy.

    Still, I have little doubt that if Sosa would have attended, the stories would have simply focused on another player that wasn’t present at the festivities e.g. Wood, Maddux, Ryno, Prior, Fujudome, Milton Bradley, etc.

    Perhaps the media would have focused on more meaningful news such as the “true” chain of control of the Wrigley cake until it’s last known resting place.

  • Spriggs

    The thing that seems silly is pretending Sammy was not a huge part of the 100 history of Wrigley Field. Even that 2 hour TV special pretty much pretended that Sammy did not even exist at all. I think it had one very quick still shot photo of him. It was almost subliminal. That is what’s reall silly.

    Sammy does not have to apologize to this Cubs fan. (and the only thing we know for sure about the corked bat is that he went 0 for 1 with it).

  • licoricewhip

    IIRC, Sammy was told before the last game of the season (and his Cubs career) that he wasn’t going to play. Out of curiosity, if you were being dumped by your employer of 10 years, and told that you wouldn’t be doing anything that last day, how many of you would stick around until the closing bell?

    • Spriggs

      I think most bosses would even tell you to leave early. “Here’s your hat, what’s you’re hurry?”

    • fossilhippie

      a lot of players would have stuck around for one a chance to maybe pinch hit and take one more bow in front of his fans.

      Now he’s sorry he didn’t and he’s sulking. Boo hoo Sammy. Who cares except the fans who still have your sheets on their beds.

      I also don’t understand Brewer fans who worship Braun.

      • Edwin

        I’m pretty sure he was told he wasn’t going to get in the game. They weren’t going to pinch hit him.

  • Edwin

    I still think #2 is blown out of proportion. He left early from a game he wasn’t going to play in anyways. It was a meaningless last game of a very frustrating season. It’s a dumb move, and it’s something I’m sure he’d do over if he could, but whatever. I’m sure he’s not the only player to ever leave a game early like that. I don’t even think it was the first time he left early from a game. And then the FO traded him. It’s not quitting on the team. Quitting on the team would be retiring during a season. If anything, the FO quit on him.

    You want to be mad at him for steroids or corked bat, fine. I get it. But what drives me crazy is all this other petty crap that gets kicked up just to try and drag the guy through the mud so we can feel better about hating him.

  • CubbieBubba

    Not winning a single series going into May leaves a much worse taste in my mouth than anything Sosa did.

    • Myles P

      +1 for this.

  • Brocktoon

    I will give Myles credit for not bringing up the asinine Congressional hearings point.

    • Funn Dave

      Definitely.

  • Medicos

    Checking out photos of our SS from a few years ago, it sure looks like Castro has gotten a lot larger. Sure hope these physical gains were all normal growth increases and not from PEDs.

  • The Uncouth Sloth

    Myles, really?

    1) How old were you in 1998? Perhaps you were very young. Let me just say, as an adult in 1998, Sosa did not dupe me. He lied, yes. But he was juicing, it was clear as day. Nobody should have been fooled.

    2) By the last game of 2004, the Cubs, Hendry, and especially the Tribune had put their foot in Sosa’s ass. His checking out was the least surprising thing about that miserable season.

    3) As I said in a response to one of Brett’s posts late last week, nobody has less respect for Sosa than I have. But his absence was unacceptable. Proof? How many posts have there been about exactly this topic, not just by bloggers but by ‘legit’ media.

    3)

    • Myles P

      I’m not sure I really understand your rebuttals. Or your proof.

      • Patrick W.

        Proof in this instance seems relatively subjective.

    • http://fullcount1544.blogspot.com FullCountTommy

      “His checking out was the least surprising thing about that miserable season.”

      The Cubs went 89-73 in 2004. I’ll gladly take that “miserable” season anytime.

      • TWC

        St Louis won 105 games in 2004. That alone makes it a miserable season.

      • Brocktoon

        It sure as hell was a miserable final 9 games.

  • Patrick W.

    I find this article unconvincing.

  • KHRSS

    “Sammy has to realize the hurt and disappointment he has caused his fans. I want so much to be able to cheer him and like him again.

    Huh? Who did he hurt and disappoint?
    “But his behavior since leaving the Cubs makes it difficult.”
    He has not been negative since he left he has not attacked the organization or the fans.

    This article can be summed up the following way:
    Sammy hurt MY feelings, until he apologizes to ME he deserves to be completely ignored by an organization which he single-handedly made relevant.

  • CubsfaninAZ

    Cubs and Sammy need back together. No reason to hold out, New ownership , 10 years later, so theres no one on the team he “walked out on”. This whole “baseball is still hurting from the roids era” Hell no its not , have you not seen the TV deals? Cubs sold for almost 1billion dollars, baseball is not reeling from roids the made out handsomely. Sosa McGwire 98 run saved baseball period. People forget that baseball was still declining from the 94 strike and was behind NFL and NBA( Michael Jordans NBA). They brang baseball back, and every star signing mega deals thanks to all the money generated now can thank Sosa and McGwire and Bonds for that whether they like it or not. Bonds and McGwire are both working with their teams. Why isnt Sosa? Is this going to be another wait till they die, mistakes like Santo and the Hall of Fame? I hope not, I want to see Sammy smiling at Wrigley again. He belongs there.

  • PolarBear

    I think everyone is missing the point. It’s not that they’re denying he was a part of the history. It’s just a party of the history that they don’t want to have to address during a time if celebration. Look how much discourse it had caused in these comments. Think of the feeding frenzy the media should have with all parties involved. Personally, I have never been a huge supporter of Sosa. But, that’s not what mateys. He will eventually be brought back into the fold and be recognized. It just needs to be done in the most positive way.

    • PolarBear

      Holy, Auto correct. I really should stop typing from my phone.

      • Brocktoon

        It did cause me to read the rest of your post in a pirate voice.

  • Funn Dave

    Good work, Myles. Point #3 is the one that really adds some insight.

  • Dusto

    My guess is most of you aren’t old enough to remember Sammy pre Cub days. You can blast him for steroids all you want an say if it weren’t for that he wouldn’t have been able to hit the long ball and every single one of you would be incorrect. I remember seeing a young rookie Sammy in Texas/Chicago who smashed a solo homer that year just shy of 500 ft. But of course by everyone’s rationale he must have been on steroids back then too. I hate absolutely hate the whole steroids argument. I wish people would just SHUT UP about it. Everyone’s done something to get an edge that was legal or otherwise during their playing days. So what if he did steroids all it did was help him gain muscle. It didn’t help his hand eye coordination, it didn’t put a magnet in the ball & quite frankly did anyone ever see the list that supposedly had Sammy’s name on it?? BIG FAT NO!! If he did it he did if he didn’t he didn’t! I don’t care. I’ve always loved baseball regardless of what kind of national firestorm the media wants to create. Go pick on football! You don’t see roided out baseball players shooting at night clubs

    • Medicos

      DUSTO: Excellent reply to the numerous Sammy Sosa bashers. I can still picture that 518-FOOT HR BLAST. You could tell then that this young White Sox ball player ;possesed some power. Cubs fan should be thankful he wound up on the Cubs. Getting him from the south side for George Bell was one the better deals the Cubs have ever made!!!!

  • Cyranojoe

    Myles,

    I just want to say this is one of your best entries to BN. A nice layer of humor applied to a significant contribution to a valuable Cubs discussion. A lot of the time I think your humor comes on too strong and too much and overwhelms whatever point you may be trying to make. In this case, it was just the right amount.

    As to your points, I’m inclined to agree all around, with the exception of the fans having no culpability. Adult fans, at least, cannot be absolved — especially if you feel the athletes themselves owe any level of apology to the fans of the game. Surely most of us weren’t duped, not by the end of that year. That we flooded the games and watched every at-bat makes clear our acceptance of their behavior, however qualified that might be. I hear what you’re saying, but respectfully disagree.

    Thanks for the post! Keep it up!
    CJ

    • Myles P

      Thanks for the kind words, CJ.

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